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Bill "Spaceman" Lee pitched in front of the two largest MSG crowds in history: 5,200 in 1967 and 4,900 in 2008

"Everybody should have an opportunity to come to Alaska and see the Midnight Sun Game"  Bobby Doerr, MLB Hall of Famer

"The only place on earth where a midnight ball game is played. The custom originated here many years ago and is faithfully observed."  6/20/1914


The
Stroecker Legacy

106-Year Legacy of Eddie and W.G. "Bill" Stroecker

Eddie Stroecker
"The Grand Old Man"
"Father of the Midnight Sun Game"

&

W.G. "Bill" Stroecker
Alaska Goldpanners President
"Son of the Midnight Sun Game"



The "Frigid-Aires"

Pre-game Concerts 2001-2010

 


GOLDPANNERS
M.S.G. PICS

Growden Park Pictures


 

2005









Courtesy Jim Carroll Productions


2004


MLB Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins


Panner Teammates George Mies and Emmitt Wilson


At Midnight

2003


Gaylord Perry


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At Midnight


2002



At Midnight
 

2001



 

1995
Jacob Freeman
1995 Midnight Sun Game

 

1991


Brett Backlund
1991 MSG Hero
 

1964


Emmitt Wilson, Eskimo Dancer, Sam Suplizio, Red Boucher

1960


"Big Ray" Wheeler - Winner of 1st Goldpanners Midnight Sun Game in 1960



ALASKAN-LEGACIES.COM:
Midnight Sun Game Centennial Set

INCLUDES 100-YEAR CHECKLIST

EARLIER FAIRBANKS HISTORY COURTESY OF ALASKAN-LEGACIES.COM

1957

Charlie Cole
(BOD-40Y)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1944 MSG Story

 

Midnight Sun Game
All-Time Results
1906-2013

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2010

 


ALL TIME MIDNIGHT SUN GAME RESULTS
(Pre-Goldpanners history available in more detail at www.MidnightSunGame.com)

Cap'y - Capacity / SRO - Standing Room Only
Major Leaguers in Italics

# YEAR

OPPONENT

GP VIS RECORD DAY TIME FANS WINNER
108 2013 San Francisco, CA, Seals 4 1 44-11 6/21 10:30/12:39 4,700 Michael Bennett
107 2012 Everett, WA, Merchants 7 5 43-11 6/21 10:30/1:43 4,800 Cody Priest
106 2011 Oceanside, CA, Waves 2 1 42-11 6/21 10:30/6:18p 4,500 Mac Acker
105 2010 Heroes of the Diamond 4 3 41-11 6/21 10:30/2:59 4,850 Simon Kudernatsch
104 2009 Lake Erie, MI, Monarchs 6 3 40-11 6/21 10:30/ 4,000+ Jesse Darrah ;
Timmons (s)
103 2008 California Running Birds 10 6 39-11 6/21 10:30/ 4,900+ Bill Lee
102 2007 Oceanside Waves 1 6 38-11 6/21 10:30/ 3,800 Tim Strombel
101 2006 Beatrice Bruins 2 1 38-10 6/21 10:30/ 4,000+ Chris Kissock
100 2005 Omaha, NE Strike Zone 3 1 37-10 6/21 10:30/ 4,000+ Sean Timmons
99 2004 Peninsula Oilers 9 1 36-10 6/21 10:30/ 3,500 Sean Timmons
98 2003 California Dons 3 1 35-10 6/21 10:30/ 5,000 Drew Jenson
97 2002 California Dons 2 1 34-10 6/21 10:30/ 3,000+ Sean Timmons
96 2001 Oceanside, CA, Waves 2 1 33-10 6/21 10:30/2:05 3,500 Andy Davidson
952000 Santa Barbara, CA Foresters 3 2 32-10 6/21 10:30//1:10 *3,300+ Adam Heaps
94 1999 Oceanside, CA, Waves 7 1 31-10 6/21 10:36/1:30 3,000 Jason Berni
93 1998 Kelowna, B.C. (Canada) Grizzlies 14 7 30-10 6/20 10:30/2:15   Pete Fredericks
92 1997 Kelowna, B.C. (Canada) Grizzlies 12 0 29-10 6/20 10:30/1:30   Crag Jones
91 1996 Anchorage, AK Bucs 5 3 28-10 6/21   4,500 Adam Pettyjohn
90 1995 San Francisco, CA, Seals 10 4 27-10 6/21   4,500 Chris Bloomer
89 1994 San Diego, CA, Stars 15 6 26-10 6/21 11:18/2:34 1750 Darin Blood
88 1993 South Lake Tahoe, CA, Stars 10 4 25-10 6/21   3,000+ Robert Donnelly
87 1992 Victor Valley, CA, Mets 1 2 24-10 6/21 10:00/12:08 2,500 Louie Herrera
86 1991 South Lake Tahoe, CA, Stars 9 8 23-9 6/22 10:30/2:30 2,500 Benji Grigsby
85 1990 San Bernadino, CA, Tribe 12 3 22-9 6/21 10:23/1:22 3,000+ Jerry Stafford
84 1989 San Diego, CA Sea World Killer Whales 7 3 21-9 6/20 10:35/1:17 2,250 Dennis Gray
83 1988 Hawaii Island Movers 6 5 20-9 6/21 10:44/12:28 3,000 Jim Richardson
82 1987 Mat-Su, AK Miners 1 2 19-9 6/20 11:06/1:43 3,350 Kris Kramer
81 1986 San Francisco, CA, Senators 8 1 19-8 6/20 10:30/1:06 4,000 John Sipple
80 1985 Moraga, CA, Mauraders (11) 11 12 17-9 6/22 11:00/3:06 1,825 Blas Minor
79 1984 Taiwan Olympic Team (Forfeit) 9 0 17-8 6/21 /2:08 3,000 (Dion Beck)
78 1983 Anchorage, AK Cook Inlet Bucs 7 2 16-8 6/19 11:05/1:30 2,600 Todd Simmons
77 1982 San Francisco, CA, Senators 9 3 15-8 6/20 10:45/1:33 1,500 Eddie Delzer
76 1981 Intermountain, UT, Badgers 11 4 14-8 6/20 11:00/2:02 3,000+ Dan Plesac
75 1980 University of Wisconsin Badgers 16 5 13-8 6/20 11:00/2:10 2,600 Ron Romanick
74 1979 University of North Carolina Tar Heels 8 2 12-8 6/21 10:30/1:30 4,000 Dave Wiggins
73 1978 Wichita, KS, El Dorado Coors 1 10 11-8 6/21 11:00 3,500 Ray Fontenot
72 1977 Red Deer M&K Generals (Alberta, CA) 12 11 11-7 6/21 10:30/1:54 4,000 Mike Boddicker
71 1976 Westwood, CA, Bruins 6 4 10-7 6/20 12:01/ 4,000 Greg Harris
70 1975 Vanderbilt Commodores 4 3 9-7 6/21 10:30   Thad Troedson
69 1974 Washington State University Cougars 7 6 8-7 6/21 10:30/1:18 4,473 Wayne Steele
68 1973 Brigham Young University Cougars 5 8 7-7 6/21 10:15/1:09 4,300 Lynn Allan
67 1972 Ponchatoula, LA, Athletics 4 5 7-6 6/21 10:00/ 3,500 Kenny Alfred
66 1971 Stanford University Indians 12 3 7-5 6/21 10:00/12:15 4,200 Rich Troedson
65 1970 University of Arizona Wildcats 3 4 6-5 6/20 10:30/   Leon Hooten
64 1969 Boulder, CO, Collegians 2 5 6-4 6/21 10:30 4,700 Burt Hooten
63 1968 U. Santa Clara Broncos 7 0 6-3 6/22 10:30   Brent Strom
621967 Kumagi-Gumi (Japan) 3 10 5-3 6/21 10:30 5,200 Yasuo Fujitsu
(Bill Lee)
61 1966 Oregon State University Beavers 8 3 5-2   10:30   Don Rose
60 1965 University of Southern California Trojans 4 3 4-2 6/21 10:30/ 2,500 George Mies
(Tom Seaver)
 59 1964 Grand Junction, CO, Eagles 5 10 3-2 6/21 11:00/2:34 2,500 Barry Lersch
58 1963 Wichita, KS, Dreamliners 1 3 3-1 6/21 10:30/ 3,500 Dave Newkirk
571962 North of the Range Military All-Stars (Memorial Park) 8 3 3-0 6/22 10:30/   George Mies
561961 North of the Range Military All-Stars (Ranger Field) 10 4 2-0 6/21 11:00/ SRO Dean Clukey
55C1960 Fairbanks Pioneers (Memorial Park) 11 0 1-0 6/21 10:00/   Ray Wheeler
Fairbanks Area Teams  1906 - 1960
FAIRBANKS FIELDS

GRIFFIN PARK; EXPOSITION FIELD; GARDEN-ISLAND PARK; MODEL PARK; IMPERIAL
MILITARY FIELDS
RANGER FIELD, 3RD BATTALION DIAMOND, 4TH REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM FIELD (LADD ARMY/AIR FORCE BASE); WARRIOR FIELD, DUNLAP PARK (EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE)
# YEAR   TEAM 1 vs. TEAM 2  / winner bold T1 T2 PARK DAY TIME FANS WINNER
55B 1960 Eielson Air vs. Eielson Army     WARRIOR 6/21 10:00/    
55A 1960 Ladd Flyers vs. Ladd Rangers 9 3 RANGER 6/21 10:00/   Johnson/
Thompson
54 1959 Ladd Flyers vs. Anchorage Sales and Service 6 16 RANGER 6/21 10:30/2:00+   F. Keenan
53 1958 Sportland Bees vs. Ladd Special Units 5 3 LADD 6/21 10:30/12:13   C. Cole
52B 1957 Eielson Army AS vs. Ladd Army All-Stars 8 1   6/21     
52A 1957 Sportland Bees vs. Air Force All Stars 6 0 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:00   F. Brower+
51A 1956 Air Force AS vs. Civilian All-Stars 8 5 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:30/1:32    
51B 1956 Eielson Army AS vs. Ladd Army All-Stars 9 8 LADD 6/21     B. Edwards
50A 1955 Fairbanks All-Stars vs. Military All-Stars 12 8   6/21 10:30/1:40   B. Roberts
50B 1955 Ladd Army All-Stars vs Eielson Army All-Stars 20 7 3RD BAT 6/21 11:00/   L. Wineburner
50C 1955 Ladd Army All-Stars vs. Eielson Army All-Stars 3 4 DUNLAP 6/21 11:00/   F. Fahey
50D 1955 Eielson Officers vs. Non-Commissioned 14 8 EIELSON 6/21 11:00/    
49A 1954 Civilian AS vs. Ladd All-Stars 5 0 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:30/12:39 700+ B. Roberts
49B 1954 Chena vs. Tanana     LADD 6/21 11:00/    
48A 1953 Fairbanks AS vs. Military All-Stars 6 2 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:30/ 'SRO' Brow
48B 1953 Chena AS vs. Tanana All-Stars 4 6 DUNLAP 6/21 11:00/    
48C 1953 Chena AS vs. Tanana All-Stars 0 4 4TH REG 6/21 11:00/   Walker
47 1952 Ladd vs. Fairbanks Men's League All-Stars 2 1 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:00/12:06 1,500 Klestiz
46 1951 Fairbanks vs. Military All-Stars 0 4 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:30/ "Jam Packed" Newman
45 1950 Fairbanks Midnight Sun League All-Stars vs.U.S. Army of Alaska All-Stars (Anchorage) 5 2 GRIFFIN        
44 1949 Fairbanks vs. Ladd Field 3 2 GRIFFIN 6/21 T2:20 SRO Valentine
43 1948 Air Force vs. Fairbanks Midnight Sun League All-Stars 14/12 2 GRIFFIN 6/21 9:30/12:15 SRO Lagosky
42 1947 Fairbanks vs. Ladd Field All Stars 5 8 GRIFFIN 6/22 10:00/ SRO B. Brown
41 1946 Fairbanks Allies vs. Ladd Field AS (10 Inn.) 7 8 GRIFFIN 6/21 10:00 SRO Allen
40 1945 Team Attu vs. Ladd Field All-Stars 4 3 GRIFFIN 6/21   2,000+ Johnson
39 1944 Edmonton Yanks vs. Ladd Field (10 inn.) 3 4 LADD 6/21 12:00/2:30 2,000+  
38 1943 Quartermasters vs. Fairbanks 6 2 LADD 6/21 10:00/   Treskovich
37 1942 Fairbanks Exploration Co vs. Fairbanks 5 8   6/21 9:00   L. Albin
36 1941 Cushman St. Merchants vs. Ladd Field All-Stars     RANGER 6/21 10:00    
35 1940 Fairbanks Cubs vs. Ester Miners 2 3   6/21 11:59   B. Reak
34 1939 Cushman St. Merchants vs. Fairbanks Exploration     PLAYFIELD 6/22 8:30    
33 1938 Baseball vs. Softball 6 1 MODEL 6/21 9:30   Selwyn Young
32 1937 Impromptu only; no news              
31 1936 Fairbanks vs. Miners 3 1   6/21 9:30   W. Locey
30 1935 Miners vs. Fairbanks 9 4   6/21 9:30    
29 1934 Impromptu only; no news              
28 1933 Fairbanks vs. Independents 18 7 Local Grounds 6/21 7:30    
27 1932 Independents vs. Fairbanks 8 4 WEEKS 6/21 7:30   A. Holt
26 1931 Fairbanks vs. Fairbanks Exploration Company     WEEKS 6/21      
25 1930 Standard Oil vs. Fairbanks 7 0 WEEKS 6/21 8:30 "good sized" Ralph Wien
24 1929 Fairbanks Exploration Co. vs. Fairbanks 5 4   6/21 8:00 "good sized" Hinsey
23 1928 Fairbanks vs Fairbanks Exploration 7 6   6/21 10:00/12:05  b/w 75 & 100 cars Shaw
22 1927 Fairbanks Exploration Co. vs. Fairbanks 2 6   6/21 10:30/   Jorgenson
21 1926 Fairbanks vs. Anchorage 2 8   6/21 10:00/   Bortz
20 1925 Radio Station vs. Sawmill 5 2   6/21      
19 1924 Alaska Railroad (Anchorage) vs. Fairbanks Giants 6 0 EXPO 6/21 12:00    
18 1923 Fairbanks vs. Nenana 4 2 EXPO 6/24

"Washout in Canyon District" on 21st.  Played on 24th

17 1922 Yannigans vs. Revelers     EXPO 6/21      
16 1921 Impromptu only; no news              
15 1920 Van Dycks vs. Fairbanks Clothing Co. 9 7 EXPO 6/21 10:30/   Gies
14 1919 Fairbanks Men vs. Professionals     EXPO 6/21      
13 1918 Fairbanks vs. Nenana 20 7 EXPO 6/22     Beam
12 1917 Fairbanks Clothing Co vs. Van Dycks W L EXPO 6/21 11:00/ 200 Stanford
11 1916 Marquettes ("Grays") vs. Van Dycks ("Reds) 6 5 (10) EXPO 6/21 11:00/ 227 H. Logan
10 1915 Van Dycks vs. Eagles 20 7 EXPO 6/21 11:00/1:07 247 E. Stroecker
9 1914 Van Dycks vs. Marquettes 12 8 EXPO 6/21 11:00/T-2:00 469 H. Logan
8 1913 Marquettes vs. Van Dycks 13 11 EXPO 6/21 11:00/ 500 K. Pettigrew
7 1912 Eagles vs. Van Dycks 5 20 EXPO 6/21 11:00/1:07 667 E. Stroecker
6 1911 California Bar vs. Arctic Senators 16 11 IMPERIAL 6/21 10:50/ 500 J. Buckley
 5A 1910 California Bar vs. the Athletics 8 11 MODEL 6/21 11:05/12AM during 4th 353 Courtemanche
 5B 1910 Fairbanks vs. Chatanika   CHAT.HILL 6/19      
4 1909 California Bar vs. News-Miner 8 7 MODEL 6/21 11:05/    
3A 1908 Arctic Brotherhood vs. Northern Commercial  3 2 GN-IS 6/21 11:00/ 2,000 Wakefield
3B 1908 Vaults vs. The Domes 13 5 RIDGETOP 6/22      
2 1907 Tanana Commercial Club vs. Eagles 2 1 "local grounds" 6/21 10:40/1:05 2,500 McLaughlin
1 1906 California Bar ("Drinks") vs. Eagles Club ("Smokes") 7 4 "local grounds" 6/21 11:00/12:30 1,500 Winning Battery:
Ross/Stroecker
* - Estimate of Crowd
+ - Brower Throws Record 20 Strikeouts, Hits Home Run

100th Anniversary Midnight Sun Game
June 21, 2006

2004 MSG Interview with Greg Harris

(Dialup Users: Hit 'Play' then 'Pause' & Let it Load First)

MIDNIGHT SUN GAME
ARTICLES & PICTURES

2009 MSG Dignitaries:


Jerry McClain (66-67), Milo Griffin (68-69), Randy Barber (94-09), Jerry Johnson (76), James Johnson (83-87)


Don Dennis; Ralph Seekins


National Anthem by Donna Greenwald, "Anthem Annie"

DERRICK CHUNG HOME RUN!

Sean Timmons, Derrick Chung

SEAN TIMMONS (10R) GETS 2009 MSG SAVE TO GO WITH THREE MSG WINS (02-04-05) !

2009 Midnight Sun Game  "Derrick Chung went 3-5 with a home run, Jarod Berggren 3-4 with 2 RBI and Jesse Darrah pitched six beautiful innings, taking the game from the Monarchs and delighting the overflow crowd of 4,000 at Growden Park.  Start time for the game was of course 10:30 p.m., as it is annually on the Summer Solstice, and no lights were used."


Game Ends on Called Third Strike by Timmons


 JUNE 21, 2005 VS. OMAHA ZONE

"FAIRBANKS REBUILDS SPIRIT"
BY TODD DENNIS

"Fairbanks is an insane town."
Timmons finds his place in Cooperstown

Photo by JIM LAVRAKAS / Anchorage Daily News

A batter in the 100th Midnight Sun Game steps to the plate around 11 p.m. Tuesday in Fairbanks as the sun blazes in the west. Established in 1906 as the result of a bar bet, the annual baseball game played on the solstice is the only game to be contested after midnight without artificial lights. This year, the event attracted more than 20 journalists, according to organizers, including reporters from New York and Chicago.

100 Years of Baseball Fun
Van Williams - Anchorage Daily News

The Boys of Summer Solstice
Dave Hoeckstra - Chicago Sun-Times

Midnight Sun Game Turns 100
Bob Eley - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Arizona, NJC and the Midnight Sun

Pictures: Amy and Eros Blog Pics | The Continuing Adventures of Starman

The Frigid-Aires, from left, Rif Rafson, Bill Stroecker and Karl Carlson perform for the overflowing crowd before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game. In 1906, Stroecker's father, Eddie, played catcher in the first Midnight Sun Game. Spectators line up on a ramp to watch the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks on Tuesday night. Growden Memorial Park seats only 3,500, but there may have been twice that many in attendance, although the Goldpanners don't keep an official tally. Spectators in Fairbanks watch a game late Tuesday night between the Fairbanks Goldpanners and the Omaha (Neb.) Strike Zone as the sun settles toward the horizon. The sky was darkened and tinged orange by smoke from fires near Fort Yukon. The game, a cherished tradition in Fairbanks, stretched to almost 1 a.m. Wednesday. Doerr signs balls for fans before the start of Tuesday night's game in Fairbanks. After midnight rolled around, the game was stopped, and Doerr threw out the ceremonial midnight pitch, a tradition at the game.
Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to 1951, talks with fans before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks Tuesday night. Behind him is Red Boucher, the Fairbanks Goldpanners founder, who also helped form the Alaska Baseball League. The Rev. Mary Ann Warden of Barrow sings the Star Spangled Banner before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. Warden also sang the Alaska Flag Song in Inupiaq at the midnight break, which brought a roar of delight from the overflowing crowd. The Johnson brothers, Jay and Raleigh, both of Fairbanks, grab beers at a tailgate party Tuesday before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game. Sean Timmons of Fairbanks came out of baseball retirement to win his third Midnight Sun Game.
 

Fans fill up the bleachers early before Tuesday night's game between the Fairbanks Goldpanners and the Omaha (Neb.) Strike Zone. The Goldpanners won 3-1 behind hometown pitcher Sean Timmons, who won his third Midnight Sun Game. The contest ended at 12:54 a.m.

 

 

Lynn Moss was one of 65 junior high school students from Michigan on a three-week Alaska science and leadership tour who attended Tuesday's Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. The group, called Alaska Great Lakes, has been coming to Alaska for 13 years, director Dale Rosene said. A batter in the 100th Midnight Sun Game steps to the plate around 11 p.m. Tuesday in Fairbanks as the sun blazes in the west. Established in 1906 as the result of a bar bet, the annual baseball game played on the solstice is the only game to be contested after midnight without artificial lights. This year, the event attracted more than 20 journalists, according to organizers, including reporters from New York and Chicago.  

2006 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES

Panners work extra for Sun win
| Midnight Games (Sporting News) | Baseball at midnight? Only in Alaska (Miami) | Midnight Sun Game tonight | Midnight Sun Game illuminates century-old baseball tradition | Batter way up … in the Last Frontier | Steppingstone for baseball players


2005 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES

Sean Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown | Fans flock to annual classic | Former AASU pitcher Sean Timmons enters Cooperstown | Midnight Sun Baseball Game Celebrates 100 Years | Midnight Sun Game: Amy and Eros (Blog)


2004 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES
99TH: JUNE 21, 2004
vs. PENINSULA OILERS

New York Times

RITUALS; Baseball Under the Midnight Sun

A hitter for the visiting Kenai Oilers at the plate at 11:47 p.m. on Monday in the Midnight Sun Game with the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks.

Chicago Tribune

For 99th season, Alaska ballplayers venture out in midnight sun
Lew Freedman

2004 Midnight Sun Game
"I had to stop a couple of times and just take it all in because it was that great."  Timmons recalled.


Denver Post
Solstice of Swing Shines on Alaska -"Scanning the stands, I notice a young woman selling beer. She has eyes like a husky and is wearing sandals. The loudspeaker blasts, "Good Day, Sunshine!"


2003 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES

Baseball fun in the Midnight Sun


2002 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES

2002 Midnight Sun Game | Having fun with the midnight sun


2001 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME
96TH: 6/21/01 Vs. Oceanside, CA, Waves

Midnight Tee Party (Via Online) | Michigan Students Cheer Panners | 2001 Midnight Sun Game

"The main thing that shocked me was that people stayed around all night, four hours long," Tugwell said. "I haven't seen fans like this ever."


2000 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME

Midnight Sun Game a Natural | Goldpanners Turn Out the Lights | Midnight Secrets |  95th Annual Midnight Sun Game

"Outfielder Jonah Martin beat out a swinging bunt with the bases loaded, bringing home Nate Sickler with the winning run to give the Alaska Goldpanners a 3-2 win against the Santa Barbara Foresters.  Martin's 10-foot hit beat Santa Barbara's defense, which included six infielders for the final play.  Played in a steady rain shower to a near-capacity crowd" - 8/2000 Baseball America


Midnight Sun Game | Baseball Under the Midnight Sun | Goldpanners win Midnight Sun Game (Adam Kennedy)  | History Illuminates MSG | Goldpanners win Midnight Sun Game | Baseball Under the Midnight Sun | The Midnight Sun Game | The “midnight sun” game; on Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball.

"Certainly everyone (in the majors) who knew about it, commented on it: 'Oh, you're going to Alaska?  You'll get to play in the Midnight Sun Game," Don Leppert said.  "There's a lot of awareness around the baseball world."
 


PRESENTING THE "PRE-PANNER" HISTORY OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN GAME

Looking Back in Fairbanks

June 22, 1950 - Bunching their hits when hits meant runs, the Fairbanks Midnight Sun League All-Stars last night won the traditional midnight sun ballgame from the U.S. Army of Alaska All-Stars from Anchorage by a score of 5 to 2.  Tom Morgan managed the Fairbanks aggregation.  He had said that all on the roster of the Midnight Sun Stars would get a chance to play and he kept his promise to the last man who showed up at Griffin field in uniform..

Looking Back in Fairbanks

June 22, 1925 - Proof that there is material galore for a fine baseball team in Fairbanks was shown at the Midnight baseball game played Sunday night at the ball grounds.  Two picked teams from the baseball players in town showed up in good form for a seven-inning game to a 5-2 score.  The radio station supplied the batteries for one side and the sawmill was represented in the other town team.

MIDNIGHT BALL GAME IS WON BY ATHLETIC TEAM
Large Crowd Present to Witness the Annual Baseball Novelty
June 22, 1910, Daily News-Miner

ONLY MIDNIGHT GAME IN THE WORLD TONIGHT
Not a sourdough unless you've witnessed this famous sporting feature
June 21, 1912, Daily News-Miner
 

Midnight Sun Games ending after 1:00 A.M.

Assembled by Phil Lowry/Todd Dennis

1:00 AM – Exposition Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/15 – Amateur – Vans 11 Marks 9 in 2:15, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 247 fans.

1:05 AM - Imperial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska - 6/21/07 - Amateur - Tanana Commercial Club  2 vs. Eagles 1 in 2:20

1:07 AM – Exposition Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/12 – Amateur – Van Dycks 20 Eagles 5 in 2:07, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 667 fans.

1:32 AM – Griffin Field, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/56 – United States Air Force – Air Force All-Stars 8 Civilian All-Stars 5 in 3:02, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay.

1:40 AM – Griffin Field, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/55 –  Fairbanks All-Stars 12 Military All-Stars 8 in 3:10, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay.

2:34 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/64 –  Grand Junction Eagles 10 Alaska Goldpanners 5 in 3:34, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 2500 fans.

3:02 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/20/81 –  Alaska Goldpanners 11 Intermountain Badgers 4 in 3:08, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 3000 fans.

1:30 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/19/83 –  Alaska Goldpanners 7 Cook Inlet Bucs 2 in 2:25, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 2600 fans.

2:08 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/84 –  Alaska Goldpanners 9 Republic of China-Taipei Olympic Team 0 in 2:24 and 7 innings, rain delay 0:44 at start, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay, after 7 innings the score was China-Taipei 2 Alaska 1, but China-Taipei refused to bat in top 8th due to misunderstanding over whether game was to be 7 or 9 innings long and whether it was too dark, Alaska won by forfeit – 3000 fans, 1000 fans at end.


1:06 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/20/86 –  Alaska Goldpanners 8 San Francisco Senators 1 in 2:36, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 4000 fans.

1:10 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/00 –  Alaska Goldpanners 3 Santa Barbara Foresters 2 in 2:40, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay bottom 7th.

1:17 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/20/89 –  Alaska Goldpanners 7 San Diego Sea World Killer Whales 3 in 2:42, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 2250 fans.

1:22 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/90 –  Alaska Goldpanners 8 San Bernardino Tribe 3 in 2:59, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay.

1:30 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/99 –  Alaska Goldpanners 7 Oceanside Waves 1 in 2:54, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 3000 fans.

1:43 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/20/87 –  Mat-Su Miners 2 Alaska Goldpanners 1 in 3:13, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 3350 fans.

2:05 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/01 –  Alaska Goldpanners 2 Oceanside Waves 1 in 3:35 and 13 innings, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 3500 fans, 200 fans at end.

2:15 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/20/98 –  Alaska Goldpanners 14 Kelowna Grizzlies 12 in 3:45, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay.

2:30 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/22/91 –  Alaska Goldpanners 9 South Lake Tahoe Stars 8 in 4:00, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay – 2500 fans.

2:34 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/21/94 –  Alaska Goldpanners 15 San Diego Stars 6 in 3:16, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay.

3:06 AM – Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – 6/22/85 –  Alaska Goldpanners 8 Moraga Marauders 0 in 4:36, Summer Solstice Alaska Flag Song Midnight Ceremony delay - 1100 fans at end.

3:30 AM - Ladd Field, Fairbanks, Alaska - 6/21/44 - Edmonton Yanks 4, Ladd Field Stars 3, 10 innings - 2,000 fans